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Mark Edwards (Pictured above)

Community Institute for Psychotherapy and co-host Marin County Office of Education has announced the topics and dates for the fifth annual “Raising Healthy Families.” The free community educational series will be held this March via Zoom, examining issues facing many Marin families.
Mental health is increasingly recognized as a vital component to overall health and wellbeing. CIP says its “Raising Healthy Families” education series plays an important role in providing parents, caregivers and teachers the strategies and tools they need to assist them in feeling more confident in their own abilities to build a child’s capacity to cope with the challenges many face today. They are also made aware of the mental health services CIP can provide caregivers through individual and group counseling, to meet their own mental health needs.

The four-part series includes the following sessions:
“Searching for the Lost Boys: Discovering the Hidden World of Teenage Boys,” presented by Mark Edwards, LMFT, on Wednesday, March 2, 6-8 p.m. via Zoom.
“Transforming Your Parenting with Authentic Leadership,” presented by Colette Reid-Horn, LCSW, PPSC, Thursday, March 10, 6-8 p.m. on Zoom.
“Strengthening Immigrant Families: Working with Acculturation and Trauma in the LatinX Community.” This two-hour presentation is in Spanish, presented by Juanita Zuniga, PsyD, Tuesday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. on Zoom.
“Empowered Parenting: How Changing Your Role Can Change Your Kids,” presented by Michelle Bonsignore, MS, LMFT, on Thursday, March 24, 6-8 p.m. on Zoom.

Events are free to the public and open to parents, guardians and teachers. RSVP at cipmarin.org/support-cip/raising-healthy-families-2022 or call 415-459-5999, extension 100.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center, “The mental health of parents and adults living with children also can have a profound impact on young people. Children and youth need stable, nurturing family relationships and environments in order to thrive. The same Household Pulse Survey found that from July 21 to Oct. 11, about one in five adults in households with children under 18 reported that they felt down, depressed or hopeless — and nearly one in three (30%) felt nervous, anxious or on edge — for nearly every day or more than half the days in the past two weeks. It is essential that efforts to improve children’s emotional health also support the mental health of parents and caregivers.”
The Community Institute for Psychotherapy, based in San Rafael, provides mental health services for low-income and resource disadvantaged individuals. Through psychotherapy, training, education, and prevention, CIP says it play a role in personal and global change, giving power back to the individual and enhancing the health and interconnectivity of the community. CIP provides teletherapy sessions for adults and children.

Colette Reid-Horn

Juanita Zuniga

Michelle Bonsignore

-Photos courtesy of the Community Institute for Psychotherapy

Virtual wine tasting benefits WildCare

Join San Rafael-based WildCare for a virtual wine tasting with Randall, Charlene and Aaron Lange of LangeTwins Winery on March 9 at 6 p.m.
Participants will order their wines in advance (choose the 5 ounce tasting or the full bottle tasting) and your wines will be shipped to your home.
Each wine tasting purchase includes a donation to WildCare. During the tasting, the Langes will guide participants through the wines received in your shipment. They will also share stories about their family, their wines, the habitat restoration they are doing at the winery in Lodi, and their sustainable farming practices that benefit wildlife.
Those on the Zoom will also meet some of WildCare’s Wildlife Ambassador animals, including Callie the California quail.
Order wines through discoverwildcare.org, keep a lookout for package delivery, and join the event on March 9. A Zoom link will be sent for participants closer to the date. The California resident wine ordering deadline is March 1. The out of state orders deadline is Feb. 24. Call 415-456-7283 for more information.

WildCare’s Wildlife Ambassador animals, including Callie the California quail, will be featured on the March 9 wine tasting benefit call.

– Photo courtesy of WildCare


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